Meet Justine

As I’m about to start my “onboarding” tasks (another portal!) for Peace Corps Uganda that will determine the region of country to which I’m assigned, I met today with Justine Okello,  a fellow League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructor classmate who is a native Ugandan. I wanted to discuss bikes/Uganda so I could better understand…

Like a mantra

I’m wearing the bracelet my friend Mindy gave me just about every day now. It’s helping keep me in the moment and in the hands of my God. It’s reminding me to allow the tsunami of things that are coming at me right now one after the other to happen, without judgment, and to see…

Truth? I’m scared.

Truth? I’m scared to death. I am leaving everyone and everything I know to live in a village in Africa without running water and electricity for two years. And at 56 years old, with 30 years of marriage and a comfortable house in suburbia, that’s asking a lot. But with the world in crisis and the…

Peace out

Posts leading up to the launch of my blog series about the Peace Corps

Crocodiles, hippos, snail fever . . . and goat yoga

So, after months now knee-deep in blogs and books and YouTube videos about Peace Corps service, I say to my husband over one of our typical two-hour weekend lunches at a local diner, “I think I’ve crossed the line and any additional research is too much now.” He says, “What do you mean?” “Well,” I…

Seeing clearly

So I’m continuing to bounce from one doctor to another, including to undergo a scary oral allergy test to see if penicillin kills me after more than 50 years of thinking I am allergic to it (spoiler alert — it didn’t), when I pop back into my eye doctor’s office to check out the frames…

Mood, girlfriend

So I looked up at this lady in the lobby of Atlanta’s High Museum of Art while trying to eat a salad (bad choice after Novocaine), and thought about the past two weeks of being prodded, pressed, probed, and pricked daily at one doctor’s office or another as I’m blasting through the exhaustive list of…

Meet Audrey, Dorothy, and Emily

Meet Audrey, Dorothy, and Emily. They were my students yesterday in my last free Traveling at the Speed of Bike class for women in metro Atlanta. Audrey was a member of my team, Trusting the Journey, for Biketober, although we hadn’t met in person. She brought Dorothy, who is an au pair from South Africa…